Cincinnati looked well on their way to being swept before score four runs in the final two innings to jump ahead of the Phillies on Sunday. The Reds moved back to .500 with a 6-4 win over Philadelphia to wrap up the series against the defending National League champions.
|Cincinnati Reds (4-4)||6||6||0|
|Philadelphia Phillies (3-6)||4||7||0|
|W: Herget (1-0) L: Dominguez (0-1) SV: Gibaut (1)|
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Philadelphia grabbed an early lead when Nick Castellanos doubled in Kyle Schwarber in the 1st inning. They would add to their lead in the 2nd when Edmundo Sosa singled in Bryson Stott.
The Reds fought their way back in the top of the 4th inning when TJ Friedl led off with a walk and then scored on a single from Tyler Stephenson. Wil Myers followed up with a double to put two men in scoring position. Jason Vosler tied things up with a ground out that plated Stephenson.
The Phillies didn’t take kindly to the Reds tying the game up and got back to work in the bottom of the inning. Bryson Stott singled and then came around when Alec Bohm crushed a go-ahead 2-run homer.
The Reds bullpen took over from there. Fernando Cruz and newcomer Kevin Herget each tossed 2.0 shutout innings of baseball. Cincinnati grabbed a run in the top of the 8th inning when Jason Vosler doubled and Wil Myers scored from 1st base to make it a 4-3 game. The Reds went right back to work in the top of the 9th. Back-to-back 1-out walks by Stuart Fairchild and Jonathan India were followed by an infield hit by TJ Friedl that loaded the bases. Jake Fraley was down 1-2 to Seranthony Dominguez but fought off a 99 MPH fastball and blooped a double down the right field line. It paid off having Friedl at first base as he raced around the bags with his plus speed and all three runners scored to put Cincinnati ahead 6-4.
Holding a lead, the Reds sent Ian Gibaut out for the bottom of the 9th. He made quick work of the heart of the Phillies lineup, picking up two strikeouts and a ground out on 10 pitches to pick up his first save of the year and help Cincinnati avoid the sweep in Philadelphia.
Key Moment of the Game
Jake Fraley’s 3-run double in the top of the 9th inning that gave the Reds the lead.
Notes Worth Noting
Tyler Stephenson extended his hitting streak to eight games, extending his career best hit streak.
Luke Weaver threw 4.0 hitless innings with two walks and four strikeouts in a start for Triple-A Louisville while on a rehab appearance on Sunday. Lucas Sims followed him on the mound with a shutout inning that included a strikeout.
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Cincinnati Reds vs Atlanta Braves
Monday April 10th, 7:20pm ET
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